Blue Door on Baltimore
2023 E. Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21231
Central Maryland
We continually make efforts to expand a Green footprint and reduce carbon reliance for our property
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Single Person Owned establishment. Reviews of consumption done monthly and quarterly.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Monthly reviewing energy and water usage to ensure reductions are occurring in usage. Reviews of Products for details on their production, contents and recycle qualities. Examine grocery buying habits to ensure local growers are used as much as possible.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Comphy Micro fiber bed linens - require 50% laundry dry time than traditional cotton fabrics, contain recycled materials and can be recycled. Gilchrist and Soames guest soaps and lotions which have no petroleum based products with recycled containers. Room cleaning done with cotton towels to reduce reliance on paper in cleaning. Local Farmers Market utilized for local produced products. Energy and water efficient washers used to reduce consumption of power, water and detergents. High efficiancy water heaters for supplying guest rooms and operations. Set back thermometers for heating and cooling. 100% wind generated electric purchased.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Members of Butchers Hill Community Association, and Historic House Tour sub-committee member. Members and business donor for Friends of Patterson Park. Members of Authentic Baltimore dedicated to the preservation of historic properties in Baltimore City. Maintain cleanliness of building curb footprint and maintain debris-free storm drain located in front of property. Catch system to recycle rain water run-off.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: Responsible Care
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletDo not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery or cups
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments - (cream and sugar, etc.) in bulk
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletPrint menus on recycled FSC-certified, recycled-content paper with vegetable-based inks and include recycling symbols, recycled-content, and a message about the inks
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletUse Maryland Green Travel logo or other emblem to indicate organic, local or sustainable menu choices
bulletUse screen-based ordering systems
bulletLaunder staff uniforms using wet or other environmentally friendly methods versus chemical-based dry cleaning
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
bulletSell sustainable, organic or local products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletUse low VOC adhesives
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletUse integrated pest management - IPM
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletWe focus our paint buying on water based products if at all possible. We collect toxic chemicals and old paint for disposal at Baltimore City Toxic Chemical Removal Days held twice per year. We have re-purposed fixtures and storage units for support and use in Back office operations rather than sending them to the trash bin.
Recycle cans in rooms. Trash separated to recycle disposed of items disposed.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletRemove the need to recycle plastic water bottles by providing UV Filtered water station for guest consumption.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletUse microfiber technology mops
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bulletan air-cooled versus a water-cooled icemaker
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletlandscaping using BayScapes techniques
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
bulletUse cisterns
bulletUse rain barrels
bulletMaintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
bulletCollection of storm water runoff for irrigational use
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletOptimized flow rates of exhaust hoods through upgraded equipment or side panels.
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:Emergency signs and guest room night lights
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave programmable thermostats for each room and ensure they are properly adjusted
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletUse ceiling fans
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
bulletCalculated the pollution factor of our energy usage by using a pollution calculator
bulletPurchase Green Power from utility
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain staff on the process for optional linen service
bulletHave signage in each room explaining the linen reuse procedures
bulletTrack optional linen participation rate
bulletHave water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linen service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
bulletLine dry items whenever possible
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics for Laundry and Linen Service:
bulletUse Micro Fiber linens to reduce dry times.
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse ideas set forth in Maryland Green Travel's Checklist for Planning Green Events
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics regarding Green Events:
bulletSubscribe to Green Lodging electronic news letters and LEED publications
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
For guests:
bulletEducate guests on the availability of mass transit
Green Building:
bulletHistoric Property:The Blue Door on Baltimore is a restored Baltimore Rowhouse- 1907 built. We continually strive to bring back elements into the house to their original design. House has two original cast Bath Tubs and original wood modlings. We are members of Authentic Baltimore for the preservation of historic architecture and information within Baltimore City.
bulletSustainable Building Materials:An element of the decor at the Blue Door are our reclaimed wide plank Georgia Pine floors throughout the home. This reduces our need for installed carpet, making for a clean and alergy free environment for our guests.
Measurable Results
Reduce linen laundry drying time by 40% by using Micro fiber sheets. Reduce reliance on Fossil Fuel generated electricity by 100% by purchasing Wind generated electricity. Remove reliance on Plastic bottled water by 100% by using filtered water units in property.